|United States Patent||5,801,333|
|Jones||September 1, 1998|
A low odor cover for a connector of a cable is disclosed, which has a sleeve which is chemically swellable and which is initially in dilated configuration, and which subsequently shrinks into place by evaporation of the volatile dilation composition. The sleeve is made of a high density elastomeric material, such as a natural or synthetic rubber, preferably (EPDM), neoprene or Hypalon.TM. rubbers. The volatile liquid combination dilation composition used is composed of a C.sub.7 -C.sub.8 aliphatic hydrocarbon component and a fluorocarbon component. The device provides a protective cover for a cable connection or splice which can be easily installed, quickly shrunk into tight vapor resistant protective covering within a matter of a few minutes, and can be installed without the need for any application of heat or use of special tools, equipment or materials.
|Inventors:||Jones; Michael G. (San Marcos, CA)|
|Filed:||January 8, 1997|
|Current U.S. Class:||174/74A|
|Current International Class:||H02G 15/18 (20060101); H01R 13/52 (20060101); B29C 63/42 (20060101); B29C 63/38 (20060101); H01R 4/70 (20060101); H01R 4/72 (20060101); H01R 9/05 (20060101); F16L 011/12 ()|
|Field of Search:||174/DIG.8,74A,75B,74R,75R,25B,93,77R 428/34.1,34.9|
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